February 28, 2012- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will team with Kid Rock for a concert to benefit the orchestra that is nationally recognized. The show will be on May 12 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The goal is to raise over $1 million said DSO officials.
Kid Rock will perform with the DSO as well as with his band. Leonard Slatkin, its Musical Director, will conduct the orchestra. Kid Rock released a statement that said, “As first a Detroiter and secondly as a musician, I am both excited and proud to support such a longstanding musical and cultural institution.”
He promised that the concert, which will include his band Twisted Brown Trucker will be worth the price to see and hear it. Tickets for the performance go on sale this weekend. The lowest price of admission is $100. The more expensive tickets will also include an after the concert party.
Orchestra officials said Kid Rock and Dan Gilbert, the chairman and founder of Quicken Loans, hatched the idea. Gilbert also is the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA franchise. Kid Rock, director Slatkin and the orchestra all are volunteering their time for the concert.
The fundraiser comes at a time when the DSO is trying to get better financial footing. Last year the Orchestra endured a six-month strike by musicians that made its finances even worse. Kid Rock was raised and still lives in Detroit.